Through the classic context of the concert format, An Evening with, asks for an intimacy that is both strange and familiar. Alex Franz Zehetbauer elaborates on the tradition of the vocalist at the piano. The audience is invited for an evening where songs punctuate the gathering of people. Melodies and lyrics mold an ever-shifting mood and playful atmosphere in the room while the ritual of the song resonates, mourns, calls to protest, tells stories, and manifests alternative futures.
An Evening with investigates the cultural impact of songs themselves. From Sinatra-like love lullabies to a group guided imagination, a pop rendition to Schubert and a folkloric hymn, a certain enchantment occupies the evening, stretching the song as we know it from a thing one sings to something one can be with.
The performance is a collaboration with Wien Modern, the largest festival for new music in Austria. As part of Wien Modern, a full month-long program of musical diversity will be presented at numerous venues throughout the city.
Alex Franz Zehetbauer is a sound choreographer, performance artist, and singer. He studied at the Experimental Theater Wing of NYU Tisch School of the Arts and at the International Theatre Workshop in Amsterdam. He is a recipient of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Art, Culture, Civil Service and Sport’s 2018 Start Scholarship for Music and Performing Arts and of the 2019 danceWEB Scholarship. Recent works include the concert performance Brunnentroll (2021) at public fountains, supported by KÖR – Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Wien, wet dreaming at 52Hz (2019), AyH (2021/2023), and hearing the wild heart (2022), all co-productions with brut Wien. Since 2022, he has been part of FREISCHWIMMEN, an international production platform for performance and theatre.
Concept, songs, choreography and performance Alex Franz Zehetbauer Lyric collaboration Jen Rosenblit, Dez Miller Dramaturgical advice Jen Rosenblit Outside ear & recording Christian Schröder Performance doula Claire Lefèvre Piano coaching Han-Gyeol Lie Lighting design Joe Albrecht Outside eye Liv Schellander Documentation Ipek Hamzaoglu Production management mollusca productions
A co-production by Verein Wilhelmina and brut Wien/FREISCHWIMMEN Network in collaboration with Wien Modern.
With the kind support of the City of Vienna’s Department of Cultural Affairs, FREISCHWIMMEN, die Produktionsplattform für Performance und Theater, represented by brut Wien, FFT Düsseldorf, Gessnerallee Zurich, HochX Theater und Live Art Munich, LOFFT – DAS THEATER Leipzig, Schwankhalle Bremen, SOPHIENSÆLE Berlin and Theater Rampe Stuttgart, managed by SOPHIENSÆLE GmbH. FREISCHWIMMEN is funded by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media via the „Verbindungen fördern“ programme of the Bundesverband Freie Darstellende Künste e.V. FREISCHWIMMEN is further supported by Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung and the Canton of Zurich’s Department of Cultural Affairs, supported by German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, The Brick Theater, ACT OUT, a project of IG Freie Theaterarbeit, funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of European and International Affairs, and Kunstraum Eindorf.
Credits Vinyl An Evening with
Track 1–3 & 5–7 recorded at Amann Studios Track 4 & 8 recorded at Cosy Time Mixed and Produced by Christian Schröder Mastering and Recording by Christoph Amann All songs* written and performed by Alex Franz Zehetbauer*except cover of The Rhythm Of The Night Supported by SKE. Album cover Photos by Elsa Okazaki, Graphics by Claudia Lomoschitz
The performance on Thu, November 16 is followed by an artist talk moderated by Hyo Lee.
Nordwestbahnstraße 8-10, 1200 Vienna
Nordwestbahnstraße 8-10, 1200 Vienna
Subway: U1, U2 (Praterstern), U4 (Friedensbrücke), U6 (Dresdnerstraße) Tram: 5 (Nordwestbahnstraße) Bus: 5A (Wasnergasse)
Johannesgasse 4, 1010 Vienna
Subway: U3 (Stephansplatz), U4 (Stadtpark),Tram: 1, 2, 71, D, U2Z (Oper, Karlsplatz)
Zieglergasse 25, 1070 Wien
Subway: U3 (Zieglergasse), Tram: 49 (Westbahnstraße / Zieglergasse)